Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

Review: An Inheritance of AshesTitle: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart.

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet is a dystopian novel with a twist! It’s got a unique fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi concept, a dramatic pair of sisters, and an inherited farm. This book takes from basically every genre to create one whirlwind of a book.

I really enjoyed the “end of a war” concept in An Inheritance of Ashes. Typically, when I read a dystopian, the book is about a current war, not the aftermath of one. This book is filled with Twisted Things, a Wicked God, and various other elements that make a phenomenal sci-fi/fantasy. An Inheritance of Ashes is very interesting and so different from other dystopian novels.

One of my favourite things about An Inheritance of Ashes is the theme of sisters. However, the sisters in this book aren’t necessarily on the best of terms. Hallie believes that she is only capable of disappointing Marthe and Marthe is extremely bossy and pretty demanding of Hallie. Most people may say that they dislike this idea, but I think it mixes things up and adds a bit more drama to the book. It also sets the stage for some real theatrics towards the end of the story.

In An Inheritance of Ashes, the Hallie and Marthe have inherited a farm from their father. The farm is the perfect setting for a bit of paranormality and some monsters from the dark side. Bobet certainly uses this eery setting to create a mood in this book that is so mysterious and creepy.

An Inheritance of Ashes has a unique dystopian concept, two sisters who aren’t the best of friends, and an interesting farm setting. I recommend An Inheritance of Ashes to everyone because it honestly has something for everyone, paranormal, fantasy, even a bit of mystery. This is really the perfect fall read because of its spooky and dark concept.

About Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet

My first novel, Above, was shortlisted for both the Andre Norton Award and the Prix Aurora Award, and my second, An Inheritance of Ashes, was the winner of the Prix Aurora Award, the Copper Cylinder Award, and the Sunburst Award; an OLA Best Bets Selection; and shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award and the Cybils.

6 thoughts on “Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    This sounds like a story that I would very much enjoy! I love the mix of genres, and I really like the idea of Fighting between sisters. The farm setting is really interesting too. Not something you see every day. I really enjoyed your review, and I look forward to checking this one out!

  2. sfmclaren says:

    The cover for this one is lovely, and the story sounds really interesting. I also like that the sisters aren’t so close in it – sounds like it breaks away from the norm a little! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros

  3. Jamie @ Books and Ladders says:

    I think this might move up on my TBR. Your review is great and you made me want to read the book even more. I like that it is a sister relationship in this too — and that it is a good dynamic between them. Sounds different than lots of books that have familial relationships in them. I’m excited to pick it up now!

  4. Olivia Roach says:

    I have a copy of this one so it really is just a matter of time before I get around to reading it. I am very much looking forward to that moment and seeing what I think of it! I like the idea of this one being set during the aftermath as well, which makes it so unique. That never really happens! I have been on the look out for good dystopia as well, to suck me back into the genre.

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